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Death investigation underway after man’s body discovered at Lake Martin


Date: 5/24/2020 5:32:00 PM

A death investigation is underway at Lake Martin after the body of a man was found at the lake around 1:20 Sunday afternoon. Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy

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Man injured jumping from ‘Chimney Rock’ on Lake Martin Saturday


Date: 5/24/2020 1:36:00 PM

According to Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Senior Trooper Michael Carswell, a 56-year-old man sustained serious injuries when he jumped from “.” Carswell said the

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Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum announces closure


Date: 5/23/2020 3:36:00 PM

Jasmine Hill Gardens and Outdoor Museum is closing its doors. The group made an announcement Saturday morning on its official Facebook page that said, “While it is hard to know what the future holds

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County Road 12: The story behind the new Lake Martin mural


Date: 5/22/2020 4:23:00 PM

The ride to the lake just got a whole lot more exciting in Alex City. Get ready for a big welcome if your’re heading to Wind Creek State Park on Lake Martin

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Macon man breaks record running Pinhoti Trail through Alabama and Georgia


Date: 5/22/2020 3:58:00 PM

It took 28-year-old Caleb Yawn just over five and a half days to complete the 350-mile run through Alabama and Georgia

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• River: Tallapoosa River
• Length: 880 Miles
• Surface Area: 41,150 Acres
• Volume: 1,622,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,984 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 41 Feet
• Length: 31 Miles
Lake Martin is a man-made reservoir located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama on the Tallapoosa River. It was formed by the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. The Martin Dam powerhouse is used to generate hydroelectric power for the Alabama Power Company. Construction on Martin Dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1926, creating what was at that time the largest man-made body of water in the world. Originally known as Cherokee Bluffs for the geological formation upon which it was built (which erroneously recognized the historic indigenous people of the area), the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then-president of Alabama Power Company.

One of the largest man made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing. The Dixie Sailing Club operates on Lake Martin. Many waterfront neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on Lake Martin. The cities of Alexander City, Dadeville, and Eclectic are nearby.

Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, and the Alexander City Jazz Festival, an annual event every June in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre.

Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nest, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, and several marinas, but perhaps the most recognized landmark on the lake is Chimney Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a chimney. Chimney Rock is located several hundred yards away; the formation which most people call Chimney Rock is Acapulco Rock. The area was the Tallapoosa River gorge before Martin Dam was built, and the water is more than 150 feet deep. The spot is visited by thousands of boaters yearly, who park in front of "The Rock" to watch people climb up 60 feet and jump off into the water.

Lake Martin has become a weekend getaway for many of Birmingham, Montgomery and even Atlanta's elite.

Alabama has a lake of a similar name, the Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa River, but Lake Martin and Logan Martin Lake are not part of the same river system.
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